Whistleblowers are necessary in exposing institutionalised corruption and they are always in danger, even losing their lives. In the recent past, there has also been a rise in the number of attacks on RTI activists across the country. In the latest incident, activist Amit Jethwa was shot outside the high court in Ahmedabad last month. Then there was the gruesome murder of NHAI engineer Satyendra Dubey who complained against corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral project.
The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, 2010, which provides the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) powers of a civil court to enable it punish and penalise people revealing the identity of whistleblowers. As per the Bill the onus will be on the CVC to protect the identity of citizens who provide information about the misuse of governmental authority and funds.